Imposter Syndrome

Anyone have experience with this? As I have grown in my career I still feel like I have no idea wtf I am doing. Just want to see how common this is. 

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  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Oct 7, 2021 - 11:51am

Feeling it pretty hard over here.  I will admit, I think part of it feels like my career is not in my control as a junior and I could either be canned at any minute.  

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Oct 7, 2021 - 12:51pm

Yes - very much so. It's really common, more than you'd think or than most are willing to admit. 

Some of this is by design - you often end up in roles where what got you to that point won't be the same thing that keeps you there. When you constantly are reinventing yourself, growing your skills and pushing yourself beyond your comfort level it's hard to avoid having that creep in as in some ways it's true. The bigger issue is when you are established and you still feel like an imposter - that often speaks to a deeper level of self confidence than anything. 

The BIG thing that has helped me - and I've dealt with this my whole life - is to limit how much you self deprecate and talk yourself down. Certainly it can ingratiate you with people but it just absolutely erodes your confidence away over time. Most of it is sub-conscious, it's not even what you say out loud that reinforces your lack of whatever. The other is to accept that most people are just making it up as they go, even the ones that seem to know what they are doing - they seem to either have the confidence it will work or have accepted that if it doesn't, they keep moving. 

Oct 7, 2021 - 12:59pm

It's better to doubt yourself than to be arrogant and underestimate the situation. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

  • Analyst 1 in PE - LBOs
Oct 7, 2021 - 3:02pm

I am more junior than you but have joined one of the MF analyst programmes and I feel the imposter syndrome - did I make the right choice, am I good enough, will I be as sharp as the current associates seem etc?

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Oct 7, 2021 - 6:09pm

no you won't make it cos your spending your time in the off topic section when your peers are analysing the PE threads vigorously :( 

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  • VP in S&T - FI
Oct 8, 2021 - 10:08am

It's funny because I've felt the exact opposite of imposter syndrome. As I've risen up, I've realized just how incompetent many people at higher levels are. This isn't me trying to say how intelligent I am, just that people I would've been awe-struck by as an intern are actually quite mediocre

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